Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety

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October 21, 2014
October 19 - 25 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. As motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens, Governors and state legislatures should make enactment of comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing laws a top priority.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

October 16, 2014
Public opinion poll reveals overwhelming opposition to efforts in Congress to increase truck driver working and driving hours. The results of this new poll will be announced on a press conference call Thursday, October 16 at 2 p.m. EST.
Please click here for the media advisory, here for the press release, here for the poll results and here for a memo from Lake Research Partners.
Please click here for the statement of Jackie Gillan, President of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Please click here for the statement of Joan Claybrook, Co-Chair of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Chair of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways.
Please click here for the statement of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
Please click here for the statement of James P. Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Please click here for the statement of John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition.
Please click here for the statement of Daphne Izer, Founder of Parents Against Tired Truckers.
Please click here for the statement of Linda Wilburn, Board Member, Parents Against Tired Truckers.

September 16, 2014
Advocates' President Jackie Gillan testifies before Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance during the hearing "Oversight of and Policy Considerations for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration."
Please click here for the full statement.

July 29, 2014
Senate Commerce Subcommittee to hold hearing on truck safety on Tuesday, July 29th in the Russell Senate Office Building. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook to testify. Media availability will occur at 2:30 p.m. prior to the hearing, outside room 253. 
Please click here for the media availability and here for the full testimony.

June 18, 2014
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety celebrates 25 years of promoting lifesaving laws and program resulting in safer vehicles, safer drivers and safer roads. Reception held on Capitol Hill honors Highway Safety Heroes, Lifetime Achievement Safety Award recipients and presents the inaugural Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Highway Safety Leadership Award. Results of a new report showing major public health and economic benefits of enacting highway and auto safety laws also announced. 
Please click here for the press release, here for the full list of award recipients, and here for the full report by Dr. Ted Miller.

June 16, 2014
Senators Booker and Blumenthal join truck crash victims' families, safety groups, law enforcement labor groups and trucking companies in opposition to attack on truck safety. Press call-in as Senate debates FY 2015 THUD Appropriations Bill this week.
Please click here for the media advisory.

May 21, 2014
Deadly special interest exemptions from federal truck safety regulations slipped into House Appropriations bill. Local and national safety, labor, environment, consumer and public health groups oppose.
Please click here for the full press release.

April 9, 2014
Public Health and Safety Leaders, Truck Drivers, Law Enforcement, and Truck Crash Victims Oppose Changing Federal Law to Allow Deadly Bigger and Heavier Trucks in Every State.
Please click here for the media advisory and here for the press release.

January 22, 2014
Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety releases the 2014 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws. 
As 2012 highway deaths are up - state legislative action is down. 11th annual Roadmap Report highlights dangerous gaps in state traffic safety laws.

Please click here for the full report, click here for the press kit, and click here for the list of best and worst states.

To view the webcast of the release event, please click here.


January 16, 2014
TIME AND ROOM CHANGE: On Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety will release the 11th Annual Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws. This report grades states on 15 essential highway safety laws. As the report will show, 2012 highway deaths are up, yet state legislative activity on safety laws is down. 
Please click here for the media advisory. 

December 12, 2013
We are pleased to announce that Bill Vainisi, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Allstate Insurance Company, and Joan Claybrook, President Emeritus of Public Citizen, were elected co-chairs of our Board of Directors for 2014.
Please click here for the full press release.

November 20, 2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues final rule, as mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, requiring three-point seat belts by November, 2016 on all new over-the-road buses (commonly known as motorcoaches). This is a significant victory for consumers who rely on this affordable and convenient mode of travel but for decades have been denied basic safety protections.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

November 14, 2013
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases new data showing a significant increase in highway deaths and injuries as the result of motor vehicle crashes in 2012. This is a major public health crisis that demands the attention of elected leaders to implement programs, policies, and laws that will save lives and save taxpayer dollars.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

November 7, 2013
New recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board highlight serious lack of commercial motor vehicle oversight by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On-going and chronic lack of proper oversight exercised by FMCSA continues to be demonstrated by frequent, deadly crashes.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

October 29, 2013
Advocates commends House Transportation and Infrastructure Panel on 21st Century Freight for protecting Federal truck size and weight limits in its final report, ensuring the safety of truck drivers and the American public will not be further jeopardized. 
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

October 21, 2013
Jackie Gillan, President of Advocates, urges Governors and state legislators to acknowledge National Teen Driver Safety Week by committing to push adoption of laws to close dangerous gaps in their teen driving laws that put novice drivers at unnecessary risk.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

October 3, 2013
The New York Times Editorial Board publishes "A Blind Spot on Rearview Cameras" highlighting the inexcusable delay in issuance of a final rear visibility standard.
Please click here for the full article.

September 25, 2013
Safety advocates and two parents who unintentionally hit their children while backing up file suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation asking a court to order the agency to promptly issue a safety rule mandated by Congress in the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act in 2008 to set federal standards on vehicles' rear visibility. 
Please click for the full press kit and petition
Please click here for a map showing child backover fatalities that occurred between 1990 and 2012 by state. 

September 19, 2013
U.S. DOT withdrawing a critical proposed rule that would have established minimum training standards for new truck and bus drivers. Continued government inaction puts all motorists at risk.
Click here for the full press release.

August 2, 2013
Safety groups and drivers appalled by U.S. Court of Appeals decision on truck driver hours of service rule.
Please click here for the full press release.

June 19, 2013
Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates, writes letter to the editor published in The New York Times regarding the delay of lifesaving rule to prevent deadly backover crashes.
Please click here for the full letter.

June 18, 2013
Advocates Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook testifies before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit on need to improve safety impact of hours of service rules to provide more protection for truck drivers and the motoring public from the deadly effects of fatigue.
Please click here for the full testimony.

June 17, 2013
Families of victims lost in truck crashes caused by truck drivers asleep behind the wheel and safety advocate Joan Claybrook available to speak to members of the media before House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit hearing "The Impacts of the DOT's Commercial Driver Hours of Service Regulations."
 
WHEN:          Tuesday, June 18th, beginning 9:00am EST
 
WHERE:        Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167, in Hallway
 
WHAT:           House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transithearing, “The Impacts of the DOT’s Commercial Driver Hours of Service Regulations”
 
WHO:             Daphne and Steve Izer (Lisbon, ME) Daphne and Steve lost their 17-year-old son Jeff on October 10, 1993 when a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. Jeff, along with three of his friends, were killed and another was seriously injured.  They are the co-founders of Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.).
 
Jane Mathis (St. Augustine, FL) Jane’s 23-year-old son and his wife had been married for five days in 2004 when they were killed in a truck crash in Titusville, Florida driving home from their honeymoon. The couple was stopped in traffic when a truck driver rear-ended their car. Ms. Mathis is a member of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and a board member of P.A.T.T.
 
Larry Liberatore (Severn, MD) Larry’s son Nick was killed when a tired trucker carrying a load of steel veered across three lanes and ran over the car he was in. The truck driver did not slow down after plowing over the car as he approached a toll booth about 1,000 feet further. Mr. Liberatore is a board member of P.A.T.T..
 
Joan Claybrook, Consumer Co-Chair, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Former Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 Please click here for the full media availability notice.


June 3, 2013
Advocates expresses our deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and staff of Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey after his passing this morning. Senator Lautenberg was a hero to the highway safety community and was a fearless leader, compassionate advocate, successful legislator, and loyal friend.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan.

May 30, 2013
Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook selected to the National Freight Advisory Committee. The committee was created as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act and will develop recommendations to the U.S. DOT on matters relating to freight transportation. Ms. Claybrook's safety credentials are unparalleled and her depth of experience on transportation and freight issues will be a great asset to the Committee.
Please click here for the full statement of Henry Jasny.

May 15, 2013
U.S. DOT allowing unsafe Mexico-domiciled truck companies to participate in NAFTA pilot program threatening safety of motorists. The U.S. DOT must take swift action to prevent unsafe motor carriers from crossing the border.
Please click here for the full press release.

May 10, 2013
Advocates urges Members of Congress to support passage of lifesaving truck safety legislation, the Safe Highways and Infrastructure Preservation Act (S. 880/H.R. 1906). If enacted, this legislation will prevent constant increases in truck size and weights on Interstate highways and the National Highway System that endanger the motoring public and damage our roads and bridges.
Please click here for the full statement of Henry Jasny.

April 25, 2013
Report issued by Governors Highway Safety Association shows approximate 9% increase in traffic fatalities of motorcyclists for 2012 compared to 2011. This dramatic increase in motorcyclist deaths shows that efforts to reduce motorcycle crashes through education and voluntary programs have failed. Governors and state legislatures must act now to pass life-saving all-rider helmet laws.
Please click here for the full statement of Henry Jasny.

April 11, 2013
Families of Children Killed in Car Backover Incidents and Safety Groups Urge Obama Administration to Take Action on Rearview Cameras in Cars
Please click here for the press release and here for the full press kit.

April 9, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY: FAMILIES OF CHILDREN KILLED IN CAR BACKOVER INCIDENTS AND SAFETY GROUPS PLEAD FOR OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE LIFESAVING ACTION

A press event will be held on Thursday, April 11th at 1 p.m. EDT to demand the Obama Administration issue a final rear visibility rule from the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act. This event will feature U.S. Representative Peter King (R-NY) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), along with safety advocates and families of children affected by backover crashes.

Please click here for the full media advisory.


March 21, 2013
Advocates commends leaders in the Senate and House for passing a Continuing Resolution which restores funding to lifesaving highway safety grant programs.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

March 12, 2013
Senate restores funding to highway safety grant programs in their version of the Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2013. Funding for these programs is critical as recent figures show a 7 percent increase in overall traffic fatalities.
Please click here for the full statement from Jackie Gillan.

March 4, 2013
Traffic safety groups urge Congress to fully fund the Priority Highway Safety Grant Program (Section 405) in Fiscal Year 2013. With preliminary figures showing an increase in traffic fatalities, these critical programs are needed now more than ever.
Please click here to see the letter.

February 26, 2013
New report by the Governors Highway Safety Association shows 19% increase in traffic fatalities of 16- and 17-year-old drivers, based on preliminary data for the first six months of 2012.
This dramatic increase in teen driving deaths is a clear call for action in state legislatures to pass laws that protect inexperienced novice teen drivers and prevent crashes.
Please click here for the full statement of Jackie Gillan on the report.

February 15, 2013
Recent deadly motorcoach crashes draw public attention to dangerous lack of safety protections for passengers
 
In the past few months, there have been several major bus crashes that have once again highlighted the dangerous lack of basic safety protections for the almost 700 million passengers that use this form of transportation each year. Since December, there have been four motorcoach crashes that have killed 18 people and injured more than 100 others.

These recent crashes have drawn the focus of the media and the public to the dangerous and all-to-deadly consequences of lapses in occupant protection and operational safety. CBS This Morning aired a segment on February 15th in response to a deadly crash in the San Bernadino Mountains of Southern California that can be viewed here.


January 15, 2013

 

ADVOCATES RELEASES 2013 ROADMAP OF STATE HIGHWAY SAFETY LAWS:
Tenth Annual Roadmap Report Grades States on Highway Safety Laws
As Crash Deaths Show Increase in 2012
 

  

For the press release, click here and for the full press kit click here. To access the full report, please click here.

 


January 7, 2013

 MEDIA ADVISORY


New Report Grades States on Highway Safety Laws
10th Annual Roadmap Report Highlights New Federal Funds for States that Take Action on Safety Initiatives 
 
WHAT:           NEWS CONFERENCE – Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) will release its tenth annual report card grading all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance in adopting 15 basic highway safety laws on adult and child occupant protection, impaired and distracted driving, and teen driving. This year’s report focuses on the new incentive grant programs created in July, 2012, under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, MAP-21, (Pub. L. 112-141) to encourage state enactment of teen driver licensing laws, all-offender ignition interlock laws, distracted driving laws and occupant protection programs. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show a dramatic reversal of previous declines in crash deaths, projecting a 7.1 percent increase of deaths in the first 9 months of 2012, compared to the first 9 months of 2011.
 
The 2013 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws report will feature the best and worst performing states, states making the most and least progress over the past year, dangerous loopholes in each state that contribute to preventable death and injury, and state-specific data on traffic deaths, injuries and related economic losses. 
 
WHEN:          Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10 a.m. EST
 
WHERE:        National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC
 
WHO:             Jacqueline S. Gillan, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
 
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
 
Sherry Chapman, Coventry, CT, Chapman's 19-year-old son Ryan was killed in December 2002 when the car in which he was riding as a passenger crashed. Chapman has become a tireless advocate for teen driving safety and is co-founder and president of Mourning Parents Act, Inc. (!MPACT).
 
Major Mark Savage, Colorado State Patrol, and President, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)
 
Jan Withers, President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
 
Please click here for the full media advisory.

 


June 10, 2012
Advocates' Consumer Co-Chair Joan Claybrook receives Global Award for pioneer work establishing New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in late 1970s.
Please click here for the release.
Please click here for Joan Claybrook's remarks.
Please click here for Joan Claybrook's NCAP presentation.

January 11, 2012
Advocates releases The 2012 Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws.
Please click here for the press kit of the news conference held January 11, 2012.

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